Indian scientists have revealed the image of the COVID19 which claimed thousands of lives globally. The deadly disease Coronavirus was originated in China and now it becomes a major issue for the entire world. A team of ICMR-NIV scientists in Pune has revealed an image of coronavirus from the first laboratory-confirmed COVID19 case in India.
The images of the Sars-Cov-2 virus have been published in the latest edition of the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR). Scientists confirmed that a total of seven negative-stained virus particles having a feature of coronavirus-like particles in the fields scanned by using a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (SARSr-CoV) -2 can be seen only with the high magnification obtainable with an electron microscope directly in a throat swab specimen confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The image also revealed the presence of stalk-like projections from the surface of the novel coronavirus particles. This coronavirus particle was 75 nm in size, especially within a cell. With the latest International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) classification, the novel human coronavirus is the pneumonia virus with high outbreak potential. But till now, the study of the forms of things and the ultrastructure of this coronavirus remains incompletely understood.
Recently, a group of scientists has estimated that the country may see up to 13 lakh cases by mid-May if there is no approved vaccine or drug for treating COVID-19.
So far the novel coronavirus has 723,500 cases reported in over 190 countries and territories and killed 34,000 people globally. Around the world, 152,000 people were recovered and discharged.
The death count in India has reached 20 people with 1,072 confirmed cases across the nation till now. 44 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus according to the latest update. Maharashtra remained as the worst-affected COVID-19 state with 232 active cases. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete lockdown in the country to reduce the spread of coronavirus in India.
In view of a 21-day nationwide lockdown, Indian Railways also announced the suspension of all passenger and express trains up to April 14, 2020. All international and domestic commercial flights have already been suspended till April 14, 2020. The center also issued an advisory asking all states and Union territories (UTs) to prevent a mass departure of industrial and agricultural workers and unorganized sector employees from their workplaces to hometowns.